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Historian Bev Gross will receive the Outstanding Senior Citizen award at the Washington County Fair Aug.1. (Submitted photo)

Cottage Grove's Bev Gross awarded for history, volunteer work

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Bev Gross doesn’t live in the past — she brings the past back to life.

A descendant of German pioneers who settled in Old Cottage Grove in the mid-1800s, she’s compiled thick scrapbooks whose clippings, documents and sepia toned photos bring vanished eras into focus.

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She’s combed through microfiche at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. She’s active in at least three local historical societies.

Much of her work centers on her lifelong home.

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